Hip-Hop

JAY-Z RECEIVES GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Rapper Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) received his Global Leadership Award last night (October 1st) at the ultra plush Waldorf Astoria in New York. He received the award for his visionary leadership of ‘Water For Life’ project, and for his partnership with the United Nations. I remember the ‘Water For Life’ project fronted by Jay. MTV covered the whole event. About a year and a half ago he embarked on a lucrative tour which covered Europe and then Africa. In Africa he ventured in to various poverty stricken regions with his []

UK NEWS: BUSTA RHYMES RELEASED!

After being detained by UK Immigration officials today for NO GOOD REASON, rapper Busta Rhymes has been released. Via The London Paper Busta Rhymes has been released after being barred from entering the UK today. His detention throwing plans for an anti-violence gig into chaos. Organisers of the gig were said to be considering Ludacris as his replacement. But Busta’s lawyer intervened and a High Court Judge agreed that the decision to detain was unlawful. The 36 year old MC was released immediately. The []

AKON SIGNS UK RAPPER SWAY

READ This has been on the cards for about a year and a half now. I guess now it’s “official”. Well… this will be interesting. Actually this union could prove to be a successful one for Sway. He’s a grafter and will make it work. Unlike some UK artists I could mention (ahem.. ahem.. Wiley), who sign to majors/their subsidiaries and then head for the hills when it suddenly dawns on them that they will be expected to WORK!!!!   

NELLY’S LATEST ALBUM SET TO FLOP HARD!

According to Gyant over at Sohh.com Nelly’s latest album ‘Brass Knuckles’ is about to bomb. A Universal source disclosed the following information.  “The estimate as of today is around 43k copies sold in the United States.” When I think about Nelly’s past astronomical first week sales, and then look at the first week sales figure above for his fourth album I feel to weep for him.  Sign of the times I guess…. However I can’t say I’m surprised. The singles released so far from ‘Brass Knuckles’ have all failed to create []

FUNNY TRACK OF THE DAY: THE NOTORIOUS BIG – ‘PLAYA HATER’

‘Playa Hater’ is taken from Biggie’s sophomore album ‘Life After Death’.  When I first heard this track I could not stop laughing, and Puffy’s contribution kills me every time. I’m just sorry that Biggie didn’t live to make a video for this track, and to drop it as a single.  Reading some of the comments on YouTube it’s clear that ‘Playa Hater’ has gone over some folk’s heads (how I do not know). They actually think that Biggie and Puff were being serious when they recorded this track. LOL SMH.. Favourite line: “Wake up, take off []